Fractal dimension as a characteristic of deformation stages of austenite stainless steel under tensile load

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A technique for defining the fractal dimension of the deformed specimen is considered by using surface relief images obtained from a scanning electron microscope. By subjecting the austenitic stainless steel specimen to a step-wise increase in load, the fractal dimension is observed. Surface mesostructure could be characterized by discrete fractal dimension. The spectrum of the fractal data agrees with the self-affinity function calculated from the universal material constant. A correlation is established between the step-wise increase in the fractal dimension and the specific energies dissipated in the deformed specimen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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